One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hot, dry north wind, typically accompanied by dust.‘there'll be a brickfielder in from the north in four or five hours’
- ‘When caught by a brickfielder in Sydney, I gladly fled by train to the orange groves.’
- ‘Another brickfielder sandblasts the tent.’
- ‘The brickfielder has even insinuated itself between the leaves of his books.’
- ‘There had suddenly sprung up a "Brickfielder", that dreaded wind, which may be considered one of the worst plagues of Sydney.’
- ‘He was told a “brickfielder” was brewing.’
Early 19th century: from the name of Brickfield Hill, the site (now part of central Sydney) of a former brickworks, associated with dust.
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